Movie Title: The Commuter
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 44 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie and Keegan
Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium Theaters – Swansea, MA
The Commuter opens with a puzzling montage showing Michael MacCauley’s wholesome family life. If you’re confused by the editing it’s o.k. He only has one son. MacCauley, played by Liam Neeson, is dropped off at his train to catch his daily into New York City. He’s been on this route for ten years and you get to meet all the regulars that MacCauley knows just from riding the train! It’s very exciting. There’s Walt and Tony and so many more!
MacCauley arrives at work where we find out his family is in a crippling amount of debt. He appears to be living the American dream, but in reality is broke. It appears the movie wanted to offer some commentary on American financial services, literally offering up a fuck you to Goldman Sachs, but ultimately that doesn’t go anywhere.
Shortly after arriving at work, MacCauley is fired from his job as part of a vast nonsensical conspiracy. Despite losing his job, MacCauley goes to get a few beers with his former partner on the NYPD. All of this culminates with MacCauley being offered a job, that really isn’t a job, on his commute back home. Given any level of thought, nothing about his trip home makes any sense.
Calling the plot to the movie paper thin would be an insult to paper. There is nary a single element of the plot that makes any sense at all and once all of those pieces start to stick together it becomes like a wet wadded up newspaper. It also seems like the director or writer watched a couple of classic movies and decided to rip off iconic moments from them in the trashiest ways possible. There were a few parts where I literally could not believe what I was watching. In the last sentence you can actually replace “were a few parts,” with “was a movie.” I’m also not sure that the director was familiar with how trains work in any way, to the point where I’m not sure he has even been on a train. Basic physics were thrown out the window in favor of poor CGI and the major twists and turns in the story could not have been more predictable.
The Commuter is a mashup of some other really good movie moments, with some stuff thrown in to connect it all together, and it doesn’t make a lick of sense. Skip it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: It Comes at Night (2017)
No run today. It has been a deluge most of the day. The couple feet of snow that was on the ground and the massive drifts have almost melted completely, but I couldn’t make it around the block without being soaked to the skin. Back at it tomorrow.